By: J. Gabriel Ware James Trimarco From: Common Dreams
The movement to stop the controversial Dakota Access pipeline through financial activism took an important step forward today, as the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to approve a bill that terminates a valuable city contract with Wells Fargo. The bank, one of the largest in the United States, has provided more than $450 million in credit to the companies building the pipeline.The move makes Seattle the first city to divest from a financial institution because of its role in the Dakota Access pipeline, a $3.8 billion project that would run from western North Dakota to Illinois, and is fiercely opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Wells Fargo is one of 17 banks directly financing the project. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“A classic example of good old American Community Policing….”
Jan 28, 2015
School teacher and Activist Jesse Hagopian pepper-sprayed by Seattle Police on MLK day 2015.
-Jesse on Twitter https://twitter.com/JessedHagopian
-Sign the petition to support Jesse: https://www.change.org/p/seattle-poli…
– Seattle obliterates previous low temperature record (Ice Age Now, Dec 4, 2014):
“Record low temperature shattered at Seattle WA WFO…”
A record low temperature of 24 degrees was set at Seattle Washington WFO today. This obliterated the old record of 32 set in 1991.
… Record low temperature also set at Quillayute WA Airport…
A record low temperature of 19 degrees was set at Quillayute WA Airport today. This breaks the old record of 23 set in 1976. Continue reading »
– “Megablizzard” forecast for eastern Australia (Ice Age Now, June 23, 2014):
“Best snowfalls in a decade.” Maybe the “storm of the century.”
– Aleutian volcanoes waking up (Ice Age Now, June 23, 2014):
Five volcanoes now simultaneously active, the most activity in 26 years.
– Record snowfall in Norway (Ice Age Now, June 23, 2014):
First time since records began that snow has been recorded in June.
– Surprise Snowstorm Clobbers Rockies (Ice Age Now, June 23, 2014):
June 20, 2014 – “A bizarre June snowstorm hit Glacier National Park in Montana and parts of Utah and Idaho this week,
– Confirmed – Earth’s protective magnetic shield is weakening (Ice Age Now, June 22, 2014):
The most dramatic declines are occurring over the Western Hemisphere, says European Space Agency. Continue reading »
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– Seattle Police Deploy Crime Prediction Software City-Wide (Secrets Of The Fed, May 24, 2013):
After initial testing in two precincts, The Seattle Police Department and Mayor Mike McGinn announced last week that they will now deploy their “Predictive Policing” software to all five precincts.
The federally-funded cloud-based crime prediction software known as PREDPOL, uses mathematical algorithms similar to ones used in earthquake prediction to predict when and where a future crime is most likely to take place down to a 500-square foot area. The program combines five years’ worth of past crime data with sociological information about criminal behavior.
“We’ve had anecdotal successes with the pilot project in East and Southwest Precincts, so we’re expanding Predictive Policing citywide,” said Mayor McGinn
– Just Say NO: Seattle Residents Kill the City’s Drone Program (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Feb 19, 2013):
The anti-surveillance state movement is gaining traction and following Charlottesville, Virginia becoming the first city to pass anti-drone legislation, the engaged citizenry of Seattle have now succeeded in killing their city’s own drone program earlier this month. On the state level, while legislation has been introduced in several places, it appears Florida is closest to enacting domestic surveillance drone regulations into law. The title of the bill is the “Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act.”
From Forbes: Continue reading »
– Seattle Gun BuyBack Gets JACKED! Turns Into a Damn Gun Show! LOL (DCXposed, Jan 27, 2013):
Police officers in Seattle, Washington held their first gun buyback program in 20 years this weekend, underneath interstate 5, and soon found that private gun collectors were working the large crowd as little makeshift gun shows began dotting the parking lot and sidewalks. Some even had “cash for guns” signs prominently displayed.Police stood in awe as gun enthusiasts and collectors waved wads of cash for the guns being held by those standing in line for the buyback program.
People that had arrived to trade in their weapons for $100 or $200 BuyBack gift cards($100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons) soon realized that gun collectors were there and paying top dollar for collectible firearms. So, as the line for the chump cards got longer and longer people began to jump ship and head over to the dealers.
– Fukushima: Radiation, Politics and Public Relations II (Veterans Today, Nov 11, 2012):
by Leuren Moret, Dr. Majia Nadesan and Jim Fetzer (with Major William Fox)
On Friday, 30 March 2012, Dr. Majia Nadesan and Leuren Moret appeared as the featured guests on “The Real Deal” hosted by Jim Fetzer to discuss the radiation effects of the Fukushima disaster and the fashion in which it has been covered up both by the Japanese and the American governments and media. Dr. Nadesan, a professor of communication in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, has studied Fukushima extensively. Ms. Moret is an independent geoscientist who has done expert studies on the Fukushima disaster and radiation problems around the world, including depleted uranium. What they had to tell us smacks of politics and public relations and is profoundly disturbing. This is Part II of the original interview, which can be heard here.
by Major William Fox
NOTE: I invited Major William Fox (former USMCR commissioned officer), who was instrumental in arranging this interview to prepare an introduction. His key point is that the first line of defense to handle any major crisis is accurate information. Tragically, not only has accurate information been deliberately withheld from Americans regarding the Fukushima crisis, but they have also been steadily fed disinformation. He continues:
The stealth dirty nuclear war currently being visited upon America goes far beyond government and major media disinformation, although there is certainly plenty of the latter as well as the former. Dr. Majia Nadesan stated in this interview,
“In June it was reported in the Japanese press that there was actually melt-through. A melt-through is when the melted corium melts through all levels of containment. And not a single U.S. media — I did a search using EBSCO and using LexisNexis to see if any U.S. media picked up in June the Japanese report about the melt-through, and not one single U.S. media picked up that story. A melt-through means that the situation is out of control. Corium is sinking deeper into the ground while sporadically undergoing `limited criticalities’ and releasing ever more extremely dangerous volumes of contamination into the atmosphere, ground water, and ocean. The entire public in Japan, North America, and elsewhere needs to understand how this situation remains out of control.”
The failure to report these melt-throughs was followed by the Japanese government’s big lie perpetrated in December 2011 that all the reactors were in “cold shut down,” implying that all the melted nuclear fuel remained safely within their containment chambers and were subject to stable cooling systems which guaranteed against any further criticalities or radiation releases. Nothing could have been further from the truth. .
Tags: Barack Obama, BP, British Columbia, Chernobyl, Children, Contamination, Dictatorship, Environment, EPA, Fascism, FDA, Food, Fukushima, Genocide, Global News, Government, Hawaii, Health, Iodine-131, Japan, Leuren Moret, Majia Nadesan, Milk, New World Order, NRC, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Obama administration, Pacific Northwest, Plutonium, Politics, propaganda, Radiation, RadNet, Seattle, Society, Steven Chu, Strontium, Strontium 90, TEPCO, U.S., Uranium, Washington, William Fox
Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and Boston Chemical Data Corporation’s Founder Marco Kaltofen have an in-depth conversation regarding the challenges of measuring radiation exposures to people around the globe. Kaltofen explains the scientific methodology involved in accurately analyzing and measuring radioactive releases from Fukushima Daiichi, including the impact of hot particles on human physiology.
May 8, 2012
Arnie Gundersen: Hi, I am Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds. This is the first video on the new Fairewinds site. We worked really hard to make it user friendly and searchable and we hope you like it. If you have any questions, please send us a comment.
You recall Marco Kaltofen. He presented at the American Public Health Association a couple of months ago and we heard his presentation. Today, I had a longer conversation with Mr. Kaltofen. Mr. Kaltofen runs the Boston Chemical Data Corporation and he is a professional engineer. He talks about radiation in the environment and especially radiation from the Fukushima accident. I hope you enjoy the conversation between Mr. Kaltofen and me.
Continue reading »
From the article:
“The Seattle ribbon seal’s story is unknown, but one could be forgiven for thinking it a harbinger of things to come. This week, cold winds from Alaska helped create a record winter storm in Seattle, slamming the metro area with 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of snow.”
– Rare Sea Creature Appears on Seattle Woman’s Dock (Yahoo News/Life Science, Jan. 20, 2012):
A Seattle resident recently got a big surprise when she discovered a strange-looking furry visitor on her property.
“She woke up and it was lying on her dock, hanging out and sleeping — just chilling,” said Matthew Cleland, district supervisor in western Washington for the USDA’s Wildlife Services, and the recipient of a photo of the bizarre intruder.
Scientist Marco Kalthofen’s Presentation To The American Public Health Association: Americium (A Byproduct Of Plutonium Decay) Hot Particles Detected In Tokyo – ‘My University Is Annoyed With Me’: Auto Air Filters From Fukushima City (65 Km From Nuke Plant) So Radioactive Have To Be Buried At Radioactive Waste Disposal Site In US
At 12:30 into the video.
A professional video of Marco Kaltofen’s presentation to the American Public Health Association was recently made available to Fairewinds. Kaltofen states that hot particles are contaminating portions of northern Japan. He also states that auto air filters from Fukushima, that he tested in his Massachusetts laboratory, are so radioactive that they have to be disposed of in a buried radioactive waste disposal site in the US. Additionally, he expresses concerns for the mechanics who work on cars in Fukushima Prefecture. Continue reading »
Tags: Americium, Arnie Gundersen, Cesium-134, Cesium-137, Contamination, Environment, Fukushima, Fukushima City, Global News, Government, Health, Iodine, Iodine-131, Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Pacific Northwest, Plutonium, Politics, Radiation, Science, Seattle, Society, TOKYO, U.S.
– Police hit Occupy Seattle protesters with pepper spray – video (Guardian, Nov. 17, 2011):
US officers used pepper spray on Occupy demonstrators, reportedly including an 84-year-old woman and a pregnant woman. The police sought to prevent a protest march from continuing down the middle of a street, blocking traffic in downtown Seattle. Four protesters were arrested
YouTube Added: 23.10.2011
The Day THYROID CANCER Was Thrust Upon Saint Louis, North America: Monday 17th of October 2011
The POTRBLOG team has been able to identify a 19.25 hour half life and a follow on 4.8 day half life component in the radioactive fallout which rained down on Saint Louis, Missouri on Monday 17th of October 2011. The half lives and decay chain indicate the presence of radioactive Iodine 133 and its daughter product Xenon 133.
As evidenced by alternating Saint Louis, Mo fallout detections of Neptunium 239 and currently of Iodine 133 + Xenon 133, Fukushima is cycling between a free flowing neutron rich criticality creating Neptunium-239 — Plutonium 239 and a neutron “poisoned” criticality where Iodine-133 — Xenon 133 is both the neutron poison and primary fallout product.
Tags: Cancer, Environment, EPA, EU, Europe, Fukushima, Global News, Health, Iodine, Iodine-131, Iodine-132, Iodine-133, Japan, Neptunium, Neptunium-239, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Plutonium, Radiation, Seattle, Society, U.S., Xenon-133
‘The Fukushima Disaster Is Going To Finish The Japanese’
YouTube Added: 15.08.2011
– Leuren Moret: Japan, U.S., Canadian governments complicit in radiation cover-up (Examiner, August 14, 2011):
Independent scientist Leuren Moret, MA, PhD (ABD) has declared that the governments of Japan, the U.S. and Canada are continuing in a concerted, lock-step program of complicit cover-up of dangerous radiation levels resulting from the Fukushima nuclear false flag event of March 11, 2011.
Ms. Moret’s statements are made in an ExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre released August 14, 2011. Also made public is a court Declaration on the impacts and levels of Fukushima radiation by Dr. Chris Busby, Member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and the Ukraine Committee Physicians of Chernobyl. Dr. Busby’s court Declaration, filed in a Japanese court case seeking to force the evacuation of more that 350,000 children from the Fukushima area, is set out at the end of this article in the public interest.
Japan, U.S., Canadian governments complicit
DOE/Japan – Misleading radiation surveys and maps.
Ms. Moret reveals that her research has uncovered that the misleading radiation surveys and maps released by the Japanese government purportedly of radiation levels from the Fukushima area were in fact documents originally authored and created by the U.S. Department of Energy and then passed secretly on to the government of Japan, which made them public as its own or released them jointly with the US government.
Ms. Moret states, “Challenging the official Japan/US government radiation surveys, the Japanese government television network NHK TV, released a documentary in April 2011, about independent scientists Dr. Shinzo Kimura (formerly Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare), Dr. Masaharu Okano (retired leading expert in Japan on environmental radiation), and Dr. Keiji Imanaka (Kyoto Univ.) and others, who began on March 15, to make the first ever independent radiation survey after a major nuclear disaster. Not only did this survey identify and measure very short half-life isotopes, never reported before following a nuclear disaster, but NHK TV immediately released it to the public. On March 16, the day that Reactor Unit 2 exploded at Fukushima nuclear plant, Dr. Kimura took soil and air samples at the Tamura Municipal Junior High School 35 kilometers from the Fukushima plant. He reported that a soil sample from a path used daily by students, was contaminated with 5,150,000 Bq/m2 of Iodine 131, as well as 9 other radionuclides. Radiation in the air sample was 1.9-93 microSv/hr, more than 40 times higher than normal. When they entered the 20 km exclusion zone, the radiation levels inside the car reached 300 microSv/hr. They also reported that the Cesium contamination level 4 km from the Fukushima plant was 2000 times higher than 44 km away from the plant. The importance of this careful and thorough survey, conducted by Japan’s top radiation scientists in Fukushima Prefecture, will increase over time.”
NHK TV DOCUMENTARY:
Nuclear : Collaborating to create a radioactive fallout contamination map
Thus, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), under the directorship of Dr. Steven Chu (Secretary of Energy) and Dr. Stephen Koonin, is following in the Fukushima HAARP-radiation false flag operation the same methodology that they followed in the BP Gulf Oil Spill false flag operation.
Ms. Moret states, “Dr. Steven Chu received a $500 million grant from BP Oil prior to being appointed Secretary of Energy by newly elected President Obama. Obama also received $500 million from the British Crown two years prior to his election, to begin his election campaign for US President.. Upon his appointment as Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu appointed Dr. Stephen Koonin, chief scientist for BP, to run the DOE’s science operations. The Queen of England personally owns BP.”
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A volcano that will devastate the Seattle area is foretold is an ancient prophecy from Washington State’s Puyallup tribe, which says, “The time will come when Little Sister will speak, and Grandfather will answer. And the land will be swept clean to the ocean.” Sun Bear explained that Donald Matheson, a leader of the Puyallup tribe, moved his people to Idaho in 1979 because he believed it was time for this prophecy to be fulfilled. In March 1980, the mountain that we call little sister began to whisper. May 18th of 1980, the Little Sister spoke with a cubic mile of mountain that was spread over the northwest area, and many other parts of the world… “The Little Sister is called Mount St. Helens. Soon, the Grandfather is going to answer so much bigger. That one is called Mt. Rainier.” Indian prophecies also foretold worldwide environmental catastrophes such as the greenhouse effect, “changes in the seasons and in the weather, disappearance of wildlife, famine,” and the ozone hole, which was referred to as a “hole in our lodging.”
– Remote webcam now operational on Mount Rainier (The Seattle Times, July 24, 2011):
Now you can take in the views at Camp Muir on Mount Rainier, which is now the highest webcam in Washington, and the most remote in the United States.
Mount Rainier National Park says the new webcam at Camp Muir is now fully operational and available online to the public.
The images are expected to be very popular and broadly used by a wide array of interested groups.
YouTube Added: 15.07.2011
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Date-Time Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 00:26:13 UTC
Friday, July 15, 2011 at 08:26:13 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 33.798°S, 72.074°W
Depth 22.9 km (14.2 miles)
Region OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE
Distances 47 km (29 miles) WSW of San Antonio, Valparaiso, Chile
94 km (58 miles) SSW of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile
128 km (79 miles) WNW of Rancagua, Libertador O’Higgins, Chile
136 km (84 miles) WSW of SANTIAGO, Region Metropolitana, Chile
– Aerial Radiological Survey for King and Pierce Counties (Washington State Department Of Health):
A helicopter flying over some urban areas of King and Pierce counties will gather radiological readings July 11-28, 2011. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System will collect baseline levels of radioactive materials. The helicopter’s equipment can detect the presence of radioactive materials that emit gamma radiation such as cesium and radioactive iodine. The baseline would be used in the event of a radiation emergency to compare radioactive contamination to the normal levels found during this study. The Washington State Department of Health Office of Radiation Protection is overseeing the project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The helicopter will fly a grid pattern spaced about 600 feet apart at an altitude of 300 feet, flying at 70 mph. The results will be provided to local agencies from the surveyed area by year-end. Some of the data may be withheld for national security purposes. The state Department of Health has been planning this project since 2009.
Are you doing the survey to find out how much radioactive material came from Japan?
This project is looking for radioactive material that exists in our environment. The survey isn’t focused on radioactive material from Japan.
And the EPA has turned off radiation monitoring!
And I do not wonder why!
– Arnold Gundersen with the latest on the Fukushima meltdowns; a clip of Dr. Caldicott’s speech at the Berlin Chernobyl conference (Dr Helen Caldicott, June 17th, 2011):
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This week, Dr. Caldicott has an in-depth conversation with Arnold Gundersen, energy advisor with Fairewinds Associates Inc. and a former nuclear engineer. They discuss the present situation in Fukushima, where three nuclear power plants have melted down, and the continuing effects of the disaster on Japan and the rest of the world. For background, read the June 16 article, Fukushima: It’s Much Worse Than You Think: Scientific experts believe Japan’s nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public, in which Gundersen states that “Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.” Also check out The Big Fukushima Lie Flies High, Is a Rise in Infant Deaths in the Pacific Northwest Due to Fukushima? and Are We on the Brink of Burying Nuke Power Forever? Listen to an earlier If You Love This Planet interview with Gundersen here. The last 20 minutes of the show feature part of Dr. Caldicott’s April 9 speech at a recent Chernobyl conference sponsored by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Berlin. She covers the implications of the unprecedented Fukushima accident and the wide-ranging and long-lasting health effects of nuclear radiation. Her remarks are presented to an audience which included many physicians and scientists. As background for this lecture excerpt, read Dr. Caldicott’s April 30 opinion piece in The New York Times, Unsafe at Any Dose. And read her book, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer.
Tags: Americium, Cancer, Cesium, Children, Environment, EPA, Fukushima, Global News, Government, Health, Helen Caldicott, Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Obama administration, Pacific Northwest, Plutonium, Politics, Radiation, Science, Seattle, Society, Strontium, Uranium
Original estimates of xenon and krypton releases remain the same, but a TEPCO recalculation shows dramatic increases in the release of hot particles. This confirms the results of air filter monitoring by independent scientists.
Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen explains how hot particles may react in mammals while escaping traditional detection. Reports of a metallic taste in the mouth, such as those now being reported in Japan and on the west coast, are a telltale sign of radiation exposure.
Tags: Cesium, Cesium-137, Environment, Fukushima, Global News, Government, Greenpeace, Health, Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Pacific Northwest, Plutonium, Politics, Radiation, Science, Seattle, Strontium, Strontium 90, TEPCO, TOKYO, Xenon-133
– Japan’s radiation twice as bad (CNN, June 7, 2011):
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen talks to CNN’s John King about the dangers of the radiation situation in Japan.
Arnie Gundersen: Well, I am in touch with some scientists now who have been monitoring the air on the West Coast and in Seattle for instance, in April, the average person in Seattle breathed in 10 hot particles a day.
There are no safe levels of radiation:
Pressure is building on the north American plate beyond the rocky mountain continental divide. As far north as the Cascadia range in the Pacific Northwest, south east to Yellowstone, then further south east to Georgia, up north to Montreal / New York …
The threat of a new madrid earthquake , in my opinion, goes up ANOTHER notch, with the signs of more activity in the north east, extending along the faults down to Arkansas.
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- Cascadia fault line has lain dormant for 300 years
- Eruption could trigger tsunami, devastating seaside communities – and reach as far as Japan
Disaster zone? A huge ‘megathrust’ earthquake could spark a tsunami and devastate the U.S. northwest if the Juan de Fuca plate is forced further under the North America plate on the Cascadia fault line
The north-west coast of the U.S. could be devastated by a huge movement of undersea plates known as a ‘megathrust’ earthquake, scientists say.
A review of the dangers posed by the Juan de Fuca plate released in the wake of the Japanese quake has raised fears that the Pacific seaboard could be similarly ravaged.
The horrifying possibilities have been brought to light by data researched by the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University.
And the results are shown in a documentary, Megaquake: The Hour That Shook Japan, which is set to go out on the Discovery Channel in the UK this weekend.
The huge March 11 earthquake that sparked the tsunami off the coast of Japan may have been a ‘megathrust’ quake and now researchers fear the Cascadia fault line 50 miles off the U.S. coast could rupture and cause a quake and subsequent tsunami.
The average time along that fault between massive quakes above magnitude 8 is 240 years, said The Times, and the last ‘megaquake’ was just over 300 years ago.
Updated with better sound: The first version of the video we posted included a cacophony from talk radio (presumably playing inside the patrol car) in the left channel. We’ve removed the left audio channel in the video below so you can hear Officer Birk’s mic much more clearly as he gives commands to Williams and recounts the events to officers afterward.
Here’s the just-released, 17-minute video taken from the dashboard camera of Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk’s patrol car before, during, and after he fatally shot John T. Williams:
Added: 17. December 2010
Just after 1:00 minute, the video shows Williams shuffling across the street—carrying a board and minding his own business—in front of Birk’s squad car. Birk jumps out and yells, “Hey, put the knife down.” Then Birk follows Williams out of the frame. After two more commands (audible while the men are off screen) there are shots fired that killed Williams. A woman is also shown crossing the street who appears to witness the whole thing from maybe 20 feet away.
After 2:00, Officer Birk says, “Ma’am, he had a knife and he wouldn’t drop it.”
At 2:30, backup cars arrive.
At about 3:00, a voice (probably Birk’s) says, “Yeah, I am okay. He had the knife open.” (The investigation has since said that police found the knife closed.)
At 5:10, another officer can be heard telling Birk, “You did the right thing. Hang in there, Ian.”
Tacoma runaway arrested again boarding flight
Runaway gets through airport security again
SEATTLE – A Tacoma, Wash.10-year-old who made national headlines last year by stealing a car, getting caught, then hopping a flight from Seattle to Phoenix and then San Antonio without a ticket was arrested again Tuesday after trying to hop another flight, apparently to trying again to get to Texas.
The Transportation Security Administration confirms to KING 5 News that Semaj Booker was captured at Concourse B at Sea-Tac Airport. A Southwest Airlines flight attendant called police around 6:30 a.m. to say Booker tried to follow a man onto a Sacramento, Calif.-bound flight.
“An employee reported a minor was trying to board an aircraft without a ticket,” said Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper, who says Booker was trying to get to Dallas.
However, the TSA says there was no breach of security. Surveillance video shows Booker passed through the central checkpoint security area without any problems, but it’s still not clear how he managed to get through without a boarding pass.
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it became a requirement to have a ticket when passing through security.
Booker is back in his mother’s custody, but neither he nor his family would comment at their Tacoma home.
A Tacoma Police spokesperson says Booker’s mother initially reported him missing at 3 a.m. It’s not clear how he got to the airport.
Booker could face trespassing charges. Continue reading »